Posted by: soniahs | January 11, 2013

Friday bunnyblogging, plus gardening

Today, I did some gardening: pulled out some mint (which had sneaked its evil tendrils under nearly a third of one of the patches), did some planting of seeds, and transplanted a few things.

You’ll note that there’s still a bunch of mint in the plot; I didn’t want to get rid of all of it. But I did clear it out of the old misome bed, which is now planted with pak choy, radishes, and some nasturtiums. I’m hoping that the nasturtiums will do well enough in shade that we can put them under/in between the collards eventually. But I don’t know what nasturtium seedlings look like, so I thought it would be better to start them out in the open so as to avoid weeding them by mistake.

I'm sure the mint will be back for revenge sooner or later.

I’m sure the mint will be back for revenge sooner or later (it’s running along the side and bottom of the photo).

I transplanted a batch of chives that I’d had growing on the porch into various spots in the garden. They were getting pretty rootbound in their pot. We’ll see how they do, given freedom to spread out. I also took a few baby fennel bulbs from a giant plant in the communal area, separated them, and planted them in our plot. I’m leaving some blank space for now, which the radicchio, beets, and lettuce will end up in after they sprout at home. But I did seed some arugula into the old pak choi territory.

Turnips are still growing nicely- though it's too early for big roots yet.

Turnips are still growing nicely- though it’s too early for big roots yet. You can also see the droopy fennel at the bottom left.

The communal plot next to ours has a lot of really big carrots, so I harvested some of those today. Carrots will only grow straight when they’re in soil that’s completely free of rocks and other obstructions, which this soil clearly is not. As a result, some of them are pretty freaky looking. Noe was of course very interested in them:

Noe confronts the carrot monster.

Noe confronts the carrot monster.

The next two photos are pretty blurry, but I think this helps capture the drama of the epic carrot monster confrontation:

She goes for the end first...

She goes for the end first…

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…and then takes a chunk out of the middle.

I did let her nom on it for a bit before taking it away. I have no doubt she’d try to eat the whole thing, which would be really, really bad…

It took her about a second to nip off one of the smaller legs. She's pretty fast.

It took her about 2 seconds to nip off one of the smaller legs. She’s pretty fast.

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